Inti-Illimani, August 17, 7:30pm
Now in their fifth decade of making music, Inti-Illimani (the name translates as “Sun God”) are regarded as the very unofficial ambassadors of Chilean music – both traditional folk styles as well as the more contemporary nueva cancion (new song). Formed in 1967, Inti-Illimani took their name from the Aymaran Indian language of the Andes and quickly developed a reputation for their outspoken lyrics. This subsequently led to their being forced into exile in, and relocating to, Rome, Italy in 1973. They continued to record and tour more heavily than ever before, grew in popularity and developed a powerful reputation around the globe. Their biggest exposure came when they were included on the 1988 Amnesty International Tour, sharing the bill with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Sting. Here’s a terrific opportunity to experience these Chilean, modern-day freedom fighters enhanced by one of our gorgeous Santa Monica sunsets.
Twilight Dance Series, SM Pier, 310.458.8900, www.twilightdance.org, free
Brave Combo, August 12, 8pm
Ska, polka, classical, pop, rock, swing and klezmer; these are all monikers that have been used describe the musical stylings of the inimitable Brave Combo. While accurate, these handles by no means provide a complete picture of this original and unique band of visionaries. Started twenty-seven years ago, this Denton, Texas group of artists combine to create something very special, showcasing an original style that entertains and stimulates both longtime fans as well as curious newcomers. One of their trademarks is performing a wide range of covers, including “Oh, Holy Night,” “People Are Strange,” “Inna–Gadda-Da-Vita” and “Sixteen Tons!” Always desirous of smashing people’s concepts of what they label right, wrong, hip or cool, these loveable crazies are certain to make their audience laugh, think, and of course, dance! Come experience an evening that will both surprise and delight you.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., 310.828.4497, www.mccabes.com, $16